Is Africa moving towards a more inclusive development path?
Despite two decades of unprecedented economic growth, Africa has yet to see its economic gains translated into positive social outcomes. Considerable inequalities persist, both between and within countries, suggesting that growth has not been sufficiently inclusive and equitable for all segments of the population. Recent figures show that poor children in Africa are still about two and half times more likely to be underweight and up to three times more likely to be out of school than those from wealthier households. Unemployment, especially among young people, is rising, while social protection remains inadequate and inaccessible to many people on the continent, particularly the poorest and most vulnerable groups, thereby reducing their capacity to participate in the development process and benefit from the gains of economic growth.